Living in a home for years often means collecting many treasured personal items. However, it also inevitably leads to accumulating a number of belongings that are unused or unnecessary. Moving into a new home is already overwhelming without the added stress of sorting through keepsakes and throw-aways; here’s how to simplify the process of decluttering.
Many homeowners spend weeks to months seeking the right home before they move. The interim between making the choice to move and finding a home is a great time to start decluttering. Putting off the process can mean making hasty, rushed decisions, like keeping items that are insignificant or throwing away prized possessions. Start early to reduce stress and keep a level head while decluttering.
Use the 12-month Rule
It’s easy to hold on to possessions by telling oneself they may come in handy “someday.” However, while waiting for this “someday” to come, these items are still adding to the clutter during a move. To combat this, try the 12-month rule: when deciding whether to keep an item, homeowners should honestly ask themselves if they have used the item within the last year. If the answer is no, the item should be disposed of.
Sell, Gift, and Donate Items
Knowing that once-cherished possessions may end up in a dumpster may make it even more difficult to part with them. Instead, plan to sell, gift, or donate items that are still in good condition. This can result in extra income, reduced moving costs, easy gifts to loved ones, or a sense of giving back, while making it easier to part with items that are only adding to the clutter. Set up three boxes for “sell,” “gift,” and “donate” to streamline the process before packing.
Create and Stick to a Plan
Organizing one room is difficult enough, but decluttering a whole home at once can seem too overwhelming to start. Before beginning, create a plan to go room by room with time-specific deadlines. Ask for help when necessary and stay motivated by setting up rewards for achieving certain benchmarks on the moving timeline, such as an afternoon off after finishing each room.
Decluttering can be as emotionally exhausting as it is physically exhausting, so it’s important to have the right partners during the moving process. For more information about Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC and our packing, moving, and delivery services, call us at (770) 833-6603 today.
Owning a pet can complicate a home move because pets require attentive care and don’t understand what’s happening. Here’s how to keep a pet safe and healthy during the moving process.
Check Pet Identification
Before moving day, it’s important to ensure that pets have the proper collars and identification. These IDs should have an up-to-date cell phone number and address. For added safety, it is helpful to have pets microchipped.
Get Medication in Advance
A move can be a stressful time, so it’s easy to let pet medications fall to the wayside. Fill any necessary prescriptions in advance, especially if vet care hasn’t been set up yet at the new location. This is distinctly important for pets who are prone to car sickness, particularly if the move is several hours away.
Plan for Travel
During a move, homeowners’ cars are bound to be teeming with boxes. Make sure there’s room for pets by leaving their empty crate in the car as a placeholder while loading it up. Before the move, check for a list of pet-friendly hotels before setting off.
Keep an Eye on Pets While Packing
Skittish cats and dogs can often be set off during drastic changes to a home environment. Unfortunately, the hectic scene of packing and moving furniture could result in a pet hiding, or even running away. To prevent this, consider setting pets up in a small room, such as a laundry room or bathroom, during the final stages of a move. To further calm down pets, put comforting toys, treats, and beds in the room. This way, owners won’t have to search high and low for them on the big day.
Settling Into a New Home
Instead of allowing pets to roam free in the new home, let them settle into one room first. For young, old, or particularly anxious pets, it may be best to let them stay in their “home base” for several days. Once they’ve gotten comfortable, let them explore the rest of the home while keeping an eye on them to ensure they don’t run away or hide.
When it comes to moving with or without pets, planning ahead and choosing the right partners is key. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC offers packing services, moving services, and delivery services. Contact us at (770) 833-6603 today to learn more.
Homeowners and renters preparing for a big move must make a series of major decisions, often very quickly. These include setting a moving date, settling on the right supplies for the job, and, most important of all, choosing a moving company. To ensure that a move goes smoothly, here are four key questions to ask when getting a moving estimate.
Is the Company Prepared to Handle My Move?
One of the most important factors in any move is making sure a moving company can handle your particular situation. Whether you’ll be moving from a rural home to an urban high-rise, or from across town to across the country, knowing that your moving company is prepared to handle your move is critical. Be sure to ask whether the movers have handled moves like yours in the past, and ask if they’re prepared to face specific obstacles like parking restrictions, steep stairs, narrow passages, elevator-free buildings, or any other issues likely to pop up during your move.
Is the Company Properly Licensed?
It may seem obvious, but in order to avoid being scammed, you’ll need to know if a moving company is officially licensed. The United States Department of Transportation issues business license numbers to all professional interstate moving companies in the country, and doing business with a company without one means rolling the dice during an already hectic period. Note that movers operating strictly within one state are licensed by that state, and they may follow state-specific requirements and regulations.
Does the Company Have References?
Hearing what others have to say about a particular company is one of the best ways to predict quality and professionalism. Before entrusting your property to a moving company, ask to see a few references and testimonials from previous clients. A variety of opinions should help you decide if the company is best suited for your big move.
Does the Company Offer Liability Coverage?
No matter how well you’ve planned your moving timeline or followed the best practices for packing, accidents still happen. In the event of a mishap, you’ll want to know that your belongings are covered. Explore the moving company’s liability coverage options and make sure they offer coverage that you’re comfortable with.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC helps Atlanta area homeowners and businesses move easily and with confidence, and our team is more than ready to answer any questions you might have during your moving estimate. To learn more about our residential and commercial moving services, or for specific questions, contact us online or call (770) 833-6603 today.
There’s a great deal to think about and do when moving to a new home. Advanced planning helps the process go more smoothly. Follow this checklist timeline for a successful move.
One Month Out
With the moving date a month away, movers should already be scheduled, and if renting, the landlord should have received official notice of the upcoming move. If these things haven’t been done yet, take care of
them as soon as possible. Be aware that especially during busy seasons, many moving companies are already booked, and most landlords require at least a 30-day notice. It’s also a good time to fill out a change of address form through the post office.
Next on the list, start cleaning out closets. This is the perfect time to get rid of excess belongings that are no longer needed; there will be less to pack and less clutter in the new place. Sell larger items, like furniture pieces or electronics, through online boards or directly to family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.
If planning to pack fragile or treasured items that’ll be transported in personal vehicles instead of in the moving van, get boxes and plenty of packing materials. Family heirlooms need to be packed with utmost care to ensure their safety during transport, and it’s helpful to label these boxes correctly for easy identification. Also, check to see what household products are not allowed to be moved, and discard these hazardous items safely.
One Week Out
Now is the time to set aside whatever is needed the first couple of days and nights while the move is in progress. Items may include clothing, pajamas, blankets, medicines, toiletries, work-related essentials, and anything else that needs to be accessed easily during those first few days in the new place.
Other checklist items include the following:
– Return any library books or other borrowed items
– Take care of final bills
– Ensure the utilities at the new place are set up in your name starting on the move-in day
– Create a move-out cleaning checklist, or hire professional housecleaners for a final post-move cleaning
This is the time to tie any loose ends and double-check arrangements. For example, decide if houseplants will go with you or stay with friends. If the refrigerator is going to be moved, defrost and clean it.
The Day of the Move
When professional movers arrive, typically early in the day, show them around the home, and then allow them to do their work. Be prepared for a whirlwind of activity as they systematically pack belongings, room by room. Packing rooms and loading boxes into the moving van can take a large part of the day. Once the movers are done, inspect the home room by room, checking all closets and drawers, to ensure nothing’s been left behind.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC can help with your upcoming move. Contact us to learn about moving options, from a la carte services to a full-service move. Call us today at (770) 833-6603, or fill out our online form to request a service.